B is for Bewick  - A creative exploration into the world of Thomas Bewick

Welcome our exhibition highlighting the work and life of North East artist, engraver and historian Thomas Bewick. It's been a year-long project for us supporting participants to work with artists and curators to interpret the treasure trove of Bewick's work in Newcastle City Library's archive.

The artwork of people 55+ and those living with dementia across Newcastle, Gateshead and South Tyneside is showcased in the exhibition together with the brilliance of Bewick’s prints and engravings.

Thank you to National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Bewick Society, Newcastle City Council and all of those who connected creatively with us to make the exhibition possible.

B is for…
Bewick, Birds, Blocks and Banknotes


Click on the illustration of Thomas Bewick to hear an extract from Bewick's The Howdy and the Upgetting.

Click on the bird to hear The Lesser Dormouse and the Great Eagle, poems by project participant Walter Purvis.

Click on the engraved wooden blocks to hear a letter to Bewick from Samuel Aislabie about a dead parrot. Read by Mike Smith.

E is for....

Engraving, but also Elizabeth, Endangered and Extinct


Click on the dog to hear Thomas Bewick's Workshop - a song by Bill Dodds

Click on the Eagle sketch to listen to Dormouse and Curlew - poems by Jim Tarn 

Click the collage heron to listen to Corncrake - a song by Bill Dodds

W is for .......

Walking in all Weather and for Women (not many)

Click on the concertina book (left) to hear a letter from Mrs Bewick to her sister Dorothy - Imagined by Trish Turnball

I is for ........

Illustration and Innovation


Click on the black and white house to hear Thomas Bewick and the Wild White Cattle - an account by Christine Dinsdale

Click on the chicken and bull collage to hear The Mangle - a story by Marion Lockey


C is for.......

Childhood at Cherryburn, but also Commerce and Coal


Click on the alphabet book to hear Evening by Firelight - a story by Jim Tarn

Click on the bill to hear The Wrong Path - a story by Sue Patterson

K is for .........

Knowledge and Know-how

Click on the bust of Bewick to hear a letter from Henry Hewitson to Thomas Bewick - read by Bill Dodds.